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Jury selected in Noor trial, opening statements set to begin

April 09, 2019 09:01 AM

A jury has been seated in the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an unarmed woman who had called 911 to report a possible sexual assault.

Mohamed Noor, 33, is charged with murder and manslaughter in the July 2017 death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, a 40-year-old dual Australian-U.S. citizen who had approached Noor's squad car after summoning police to the alley behind her home.

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The makeup of the jury is 12 men and four women (including four alternates). The jury includes six people of color. Noor is Somali-American.

KSTP's complete coverage of the Noor trial

"It's important to look at jurors as individuals and to really try to get a view of what they think," said Steve Schleicher, a former federal prosecutor. "The important part of jury selection is, is the process fair, not necessarily do we end up with an even split of male, female or a particular racial component."

The jurors have different backgrounds, including a software developer, a firefighter and a medical doctor.

Multiple ethnicities are represented on the jury, including Filipino, Native American, Ethiopian and Pakistani. 

The names of jurors are not being released for public safety reasons. 

On Monday, Noor's attorneys also released a short list of potential witnesses that could be called to testify on his behalf. 
Jurors will hear two to three weeks worth of testimony. 

Opening statements are expected to begin Tuesday. 

This is a breaking news story. KSTP is working to get more details on this story and will post updates as more information becomes available.

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